Sophia is dedicated to meeting all Governance and Regulatory requirements for the Housing Sector and the Not for Profit Sector. Sophia is committed to attaining the standards outlined for Tier 3 Approved Housing Bodies by the Regulation Office for Approved Housing Bodies. 

In particular, Sophia prioritises adherence to the Financial, Performance and Governance Standards for Approved Housing Bodies as produced by the Regulation Office for Approved Housing Bodies.


Sophia is also committed to adhering to the Charities Governance Code which sets out a mandatory standard for governance in Irish charities.

Meet Our Board


Denis Doherty


In a career spanning more than forty years in the public service, Denis Doherty held senior management positions in three local authorities and three health boards. He is the Founding Director of the Office for Health Management and the Health Boards Executive. He served a three-year term as President of the Standing Committee of the Hospitals of the European Union and acted as an advisor to WHO Europe. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Dr Liz Murphy RSM

Company Secretary

Liz Murphy is a former Secretary General of AMRI. She is a Doctor of Psychology with a Masters Degree in Adult & Community Education and Executive Leadership. Liz has a huge amount of experience working with NGOs and Religious Congregations both nationally and internationally.

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Michael McCarthy

Chair of the Finance Commitee

Michael McCarthy is the C.E.O of the Irish Solar Energy Association and they represent all of the providers of solar energy and their members plan to make a major contribution to helping Ireland meet its climate change objectives. Michael is a former Labour TD and Senator and a former Chair of Oireacthas Committee on Housing and was Appointed Chairman of the National Oversight Audit Commission by Eoghan Murphy TD Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government in  2018.


Grainne Hilton D.W

Chair of the Audit, Risk & Governance Committee

Grainne is a Daughter of Wisdom and trained as a nurse specialising in supporting people with intellectual disabilities, she worked in this area from 1968 until 1986. In 1997 Grainne began working with Focus Ireland where she was a project leader in transitional housing. In 2001 Grainne began working as Sophia’s National service manager, a position she held for 11 years when she retired in 2012. 

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John Donohoe

Chair of Development Commitee

John is a Property / Development Director with the O'Flynn Group. He is responsible for bringing projects from concept to completion. He deals with due diligence for site acquisition, financial appraisals and management of the planning process, costs delivery before directing the exit strategy for the asset.


Jean Quinn D.W

Founder and Former Co CEO

Jean is a Daughter of Wisdom who having worked with Focus Ireland for a number of years saw a need for a different type of housing, one which provided wrap-around holistic supports and in 1997 she founded Sophia. Jean's tireless work has lead her to take up the role of Executive Director of  UNANIMA International a United Nations-based coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women, children, migrants, and the environment. She advocates for people who experience homelessness at a national and international level.  


Eamonn Martin 


and Former Co CEO

Eamonn is a founder and former Chief Executive of Sophia. Eamonn has dedicated hus career to working with people who have experienced homelessness, having previously worked with Focus as their General Manager and before that with Bank of Ireland.

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Elizabeth Madden


Liz Madden is a Community Activist and advocate. She works with the Cork Anti-Poverty Network and with Men Overcoming Violence. Liz is also  lecturer with Centre for Adult Education in UCC.  She has an MA in Women's Studies and is a co-organiser of Cork Feminista, a Cork based feminist group

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Seamus Dooley

Board Member

Seamus is a former journalist who has worked with a number of local and national publications and is the current Irish Secretary of the National Union of journalists.

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Sr Ann Marie Quinn PBVM

Board Member

Sr Ann Marie Quinn PBVM has worked in educator  and community development  for many years. With her Presentation Sisters  she founded "Notschool  Ireland " and  currently is a board member of the award-winning Irish digital education non-profit  iScoil. Ann Marie is Executive Director of the International Presentation Association which advocates for Social Justice at the United Nations in New York. 


Andy Caffrey

Board Member

Andy Caffrey is the Finance Director with Chime, the national charity for deafness and hearing loss. Andy has years of experience working in non-profit finance and management and is a graduate from UCD. 


Karl McDonagh

Board Member

Karl is a leadership coach and Change Management mentor, supporting organisations and leaders going through change